Today in History for 12th February 2024

Historical Events

1793 – 1st US fugitive slave law passed; requires return of escaped slaves
1818 – Chile gains independence from Spain
1925 – E. Thieffry departs with Handley Page for the Belgian Congo
1938 – Austrian chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg visits Adolf Hitler in Berchtesgaden
1997 – Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O.J. Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement
2007 – A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people in the Trolley Square shooting.

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Famous Birthdays

1907 – Clifton C. Edom, American photojournalism educator (d. 1991)
1920 – Pran Krishan Sikand, Indian actor often cast as the villain in Hindi cinema (Khandaan, Be-Imaan), born in New Delhi (d. 2013)
1938 – Judy Blume, American author (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
1969 – Byron Stroud, Canadian heavy metal bassist, born in New Westminster, British Columbia
1976 – Christian Cullen, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Paraparaumu, New Zealand
1985 – Saskia Burmeister Croft, Australian actress, born in Sydney, Australia

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Famous Deaths

1903 – Gaspar Núñez de Arce, Spanish dramatist and statesman (b. 1834)
1981 – Jean Dixon, American actress (Joy of Living, You Only Live Once), dies at 87
1996 – Bob Shaw, Northern Irish novelist (b. 1931)
2000 – (Jalacy) “Screamin’ Jay” Hawkins, American blues-rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter (“I Put a Spell On You”), and actor, dies of an aneurysm at 70
2004 – Robert A. Bruce, American cardiologist and pioneer (exercise cardiology), dies at 87
2022 – Brian Kan, Chinese thoroughbred horse trainer (5 x Hong Kong champion trainer; 5 x HK Derby winners), dies at 84

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